Shute Shield Colts Round 8: Top teams show class as gap appears in ladder

Manly scored 32 unanswered points to beat rivals Warringah in Saturday’s local derby and secured their spot in the top four of the Shute Shield colts competition. 

In a match that was almost polar opposite to the grade fixture played later that afternoon, Warringah raced out to a 15 nil lead following two early tries and a penalty goal. 

But looking to bounce back after falling to their first defeat of the season a week earlier against Randwick, Manly rallied in front of a vocal home crowd and swung momentum back in their favour. 

The Marlins hit back with tries to Ben Main and Louie Hudson before flanker Felix Quinn scored to put Manly ahead at half time. 

Flyhalf Jack Walsh kicked two penalty goals to extend the home side’s lead, before fullback Harry Haywood scored to seal a 17 point victory. 

Elsewhere, Eastwood scored 12 tries in a big win over West Harbour. Woodies wingers Tim Scarr and Pat Reynolds both claimed hat tricks to help Eastwood move within a win of a spot in the top six. 

Sydney Uni were too good for Southern Districts in the second half and extended their unbeaten run to eight matches. 

The Rebels matched the competition leaders early and led 20-19, before the Students showed their class. Lock Ollie Harvison, centre Angus Bell and winger Jack Murray all bagged doubles. 

At Chatswood Oval, Gordon ran in eight tries, including a double to Aiden Dowling, to claim a fairly comfortable 40-12 win over neighbours Norths. 

While Easts winger Percy Duncan had a day out at Woollahra, scoring four of his side’s 11 tries in the Beasties 63-14 victory over Western Sydney. 

After eight rounds a gap appears to be emerging between the top sides and the remainder of the competition. 

Uni and Randwick both remain undefeated while Manly and Gordon have dropped just one match each. 

Six competition points separates Easts, Warringah and Eastwood in a battle for fifth and sixth spot, while Souths, Norths, Western Sydney and West Harbour now have plenty of work to do.